New Year, New Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, people start to think of their resolutions for the New Year.  Weight loss, stop smoking, better time management, a more balanced life, closer relationships are a few of the top resolutions.  According to, only 12% are successful with their resolutions.

Let’s take a look at what could cause that low of success rate for keeping the resolution.  First, people set a resolution without a plan to achieve their resolution.  Second, people don’t let others know of their resolutions.  Finally, people set the resolutions and don’t have an accountability partner/cheerleader to help them.

Setting a New Year resolution is a noble act.  It shows that you recognize an area that needs changing and that you want to make that change.  Congratulations on the completing the hardest part of the process.  Now that you have made the resolution, what are the steps you are going to take to achieve your goal?  Create an Action Plan that includes the following:

  • Actions you are willing to take
  • Roadblocks
  • Actions to get around the roadblocks

Keeping this Action Plan in front of you will help you achieve your resolution.

When making a resolution, let your friends and family know your resolution.  Your friends and family can provide encouragement as you work towards your resolution.  Encouragement is good for you as struggle to achieve your resolution.

Finally, use an accountability partner.  An accountability partner will keep you focused on your resolution without being judgmental.  The accountability partner will also be your biggest cheerleader.  An accountability partner can be a friend, spouse or anyone that you trust.

Good luck on your New Years Resolution and have a safe and prosperous New Year!


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